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Object, subst. 1) that which is presented to the senses or the mind, a thing seen or thought of: “make me not o. to the tell-tale day,” Lucr. 806 (== make me not seen by the day). “no o. but her passion's strength renews,” Lucr. 806 “a thousand lamentable --s there art gave life,” Lucr. 806 “gilding the o. whereupon it gazeth,” Sonn. 20, 6. of his (the eye's) “quick --s hath the mind no part,” 113, 7. “as fast as --s to his beams assemble,” 114, 8. “the goodly --s which abroad they find of lands and mansions,” Compl. 137. “the heaven-hued sapphire and the opal blend with --s manifold,” Compl. 137 “when thou haply seest some rare note-worthy o. in thy travel,” Gent. I, 1, 13. “upon a homely o. love can wink,” Gent. II, 4, 98. “the remembrance of my former love is by a newer o. quite forgotten,” Gent. II, 4, 98 throwing it (the eye) “on any other o.” Meas. V, 23. “never o. pleasing in thine eye,” Err. II, 2, 117. every o. that the one (his eye) doth catch the other (his wit) “turns to a mirth-moving jest,” LLL II, 70. “full of forms, figures, shapes, --s, ideas,” IV, 2, 69. “as the eye doth roll to every varied o.” V, 2, 775. “every o. that might make me fear misfortune,” Merch. I, 1, 20. “compounded of many simples, extracted from many --s,” As IV, 1, 17. “sorrow's eye divides one thing entire to many --s,” R2 II, 2, 17. “how quickly nature falls into revolt when gold becomes her o.” H4B IV, 5, 67. “on this unworthy scaffold to bring forth so great an o.” H4B IV, 5, 67. (his contemplation) “fixed on spiritual o.” H8 III, 2, 132. “one that feeds on --s, arts and imitations . . . out of use and staled by other men,” Caes. IV, 1, 37 (some M. Edd. unnecessarily abjects, orts). “of the truth herein this present o. made probation,” Hml. I, 1, 156 (== what we have seen even now). “countries different with variable --s shall expel this matter,” III, 1, 180. “men's natures wrangle with inferior things, though great ones are their o.” Oth. III, 4, 145 (thought of by them). “hitting each o. with a joy,” Cymb. V, 5, 396. “by those fearful --s to prepare this body,” Per. I, 1, 43.
Quite equivalent to sight, view: “mark what o. did present itself,” As IV, 3, 104. “extended or contracted all proportions to a most hideous o.” All's V, 3, 52. “could thought, without this o., form such another?” John IV, 3, 44. “doth not the o. cheer your heart?” H6C II, 2, 4. “the present eye praises the present o.” Troil. III, 3, 180. “the dismallest o. that ever eye with sight made heart lament,” Tit. II, 3, 204. “this o. kills me,” III, 1, 64. “dreadful --s so familiar,” Caes. III, 1, 266. “and with this horrible o. . . . enforce their charity,” Lr. II, 3, 17. “seest thou this o., Kent?” V, 3, 238. “the o. poisons sight,” Oth. V, 2, 364. “this o. which takes prisoner the wild motion of mine eye,” Cymb. I, 6, 102. With of: “reason flies the o. of all harm,” Troil. II, 2, 41 (== the sight of). “the o. of our misery is as an inventory to particularize their abundance,” Cor. I, 1, 21.
2) any thing regarded with love or with dislike, inspiring sympathy or antipathy: “her o. will away,” Ven. 255 (her beloved Adonis). “so did the merciless and pitchy night fold in the o. that did feed her sight,” Ven. 255 “the o. and the pleasure of mine eye is only Helena,” Mids. IV, 1, 175. “have now the fatal o. in my eye where my poor young was limed,” H6C V, 6, 16. “his eye reviled me as his abject o.” H8 I, 1, 127. “Hector in his blaze of wrath subscribes to tender --s,” Troil. IV, 5, 106. “swear against --s,” Tim. IV, 3, 122 (let not any thing move you to pity). “fruitful o. be in eye of Imogen,” Cymb. V, 4, 55. “she, that even but now was your o.” Lr. I, 1, 217. cf. above: Gent. II, 4, 98. Gent. II, 4, 98 Err. II, 2, 117. Cymb. I, 6, 102.
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